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Via Roma

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686 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016-4584
847-768-7461
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Phone number is 847-768-7461, zip code 60016

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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good Italian food and BYOB

We came back to Via Roma in Des Plaines and have been here many times in the past. They've expanded the seating by a few tables. There can be a very long wait sometimes so come early or late. There really is nowhere to wait now so that can be a bit uncomfortable for both those dining and those... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Matt_from_Chicago
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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132 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came back to Via Roma in Des Plaines and have been here many times in the past. They've expanded the seating by a few tables. There can be a very long wait sometimes so come early or late. There really is nowhere to wait now so that can be a bit uncomfortable for both those dining and those waiting.... More 

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Allentown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Via Roma is tremendous. Our family and friends truly loved the food and ambience. The Owners and staff were especially hospitable and cooked our meals to perfection. Next time in Chicago, we will all make a trip back to Via Roma. Our company has put Via Roma on its "must visit" list to all employees and friends. The chef cooks... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

BYOB which is always appreciated. Pizza is very mediocre. Oxtails in red sauce should have been braised longer but they were tender enough & full of flavor, so a very good dish. The grilled calamari was terrific, big, tender, meaty. Highly recommend.

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Thank SweetWillie
Chi-Town
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Like one of the previous reviewers said:"best food outside of Rome!". The food is outstanding (I always tried something with seafood in it) and the atmosphere is typical of a real Italian restaurant. Cozy, noisy and homey. The lady who is the owner is always walking around making conversation and making sure everybody is having a good time. It really... More 

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Thank Alin M
Palatine, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Rated top in Chicago many times. The chef is friendly, and an amazing cook. All homemade. Traditional Roman food. Chef is from Rome. Small place. BYOB with no corking fee. Prices are terrific for the quality and amount of food that you get. We go here at lot. Affordable, great atmosphere. Nice small patio in the back. Lots of parking...but... More 

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Thank Shyla J
Mount Prospect
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Was very surprised to find this restaurant. The food is the best, good home made and fresh, with new delights every day. This is truly Italian Food at its best.

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Thank Andrew M
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Via Roma has been around for a while. My only problem is that I did not find them sooner! Traditional Italian dishes executed in the traditional manner. This is a BYOB spot with $0 corkage, which allows patrons really make a nice and relatively inexpensive evening. I find myself tipping at a rate here that includes a corkage. My favorites... More 

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Thank Keith C
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49 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

I had driven by the place many times and told my wife we need to check it out. We have a favorite Italian place closer to our house but we needed to venture a bit. This place is excellent. We started with the special Burrata salad with olives, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto and artichokes and it was delicious Lynn loved the... More 

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Thank howard c
Park Ridge, Illinois
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

This is a great little gem found near the metra in Des Plaines. It is byob and delicious. The people there are friendly and nice and always so helpful to recommend something. The outside patio is romantic for date night, and great for a girls night out. Definitely a great place to eat with a cozy atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

I love this restaurant food sooo good atmosphere is cozy and comforting everyone is so happy and friendly i thought i was a good cook until i ate there the fresh fish amazing i could eat there everyday Great job

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 686 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016-4584
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Des Plaines
  • Phone Number: 847-768-7461

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Phone number is 847-768-7461, zip code 60016

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